The Manchester Free Press

Monday • May 27 • 2024

Vol.XVI • No.XXII

Manchester, N.H.

House Gold Standard – May 23, 2024

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Tue, 2024-05-21 21:11 +0000

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Senate Gold Standard – May 22, 2024

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Mon, 2024-05-20 00:43 +0000

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2024 Liberty Dinner

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Sun, 2024-05-19 21:07 +0000

2024 Liberty Dinner is rapidly approaching. Early bird pricing is over but you still have time to get your tickets before the ‘panic pricing’ price increase in few weeks. Get your tickets today  and reserve your spot. Our keynote speaker this year is Tyler Coward from TheFire.org. At the event, we will unveil the 2024 Liberty Rating and announce our legislator of the year. Liberty Dinner is a primary fundraiser source to help the PAC so that we can support pro-liberty candidates in the upcoming state election.

Liberty Dinner is Saturday, July 20, 2024 at starts at 5:30 PM with a cocktail reception.

Murphy’s Taproom & Carriage House
393 NH-101
Bedford, NH 03110

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Shire Free Church Minister Gives Bitcoin Sermon

Free Keene - Sun, 2024-05-19 17:04 +0000

Free Talk Live host and Shire Free Church minister Zephan Wood began holding sermons at his house three months ago. Crowds have gathered at each event to listen to the sermons and then stay for hours after to discuss everything from cryptocurrency use as a religious practice (the main topic of the sermons) to consciousness, religion and DMT trips. The conversations usually start around his sermon and evolve through out the night, set around a fire.

 

Most of the attendees have been Free Staters but some have been locals invited out. It is very nice to see a Shire Free Church minister taking up a mission on their own to spread the ideas of peace. My own experience at these events has been welcoming, inspiring and mind-expanding. Conversation among like-minded and non-judgmental people is one of the most important activities for a community.

Here is his most recent 420 sermon;

“This sermon is made in honor of the holy sacrament of 4/20. In the Torah, God said in the context of creating the world for man, “See, I give you every seed-bearing plant that is upon all the earth, and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit; they shall be yours for food.” Genesis 1:29. When God created this holy proclamation to humanity, he was, of course, aware that he had given humanity cannabis, psilocybin, opiates, alcohol, and other plants or plant-derived substances that would change the human consciousness from its default state. Humanity acted on this guideline for nearly all human civilizations, with nearly every culture, empire, and leader taking mind-altering plants given to humanity by God for our use. For example, Marcus Aurelius, a Roman Emperor used opium. Additionally, in ancient Egypt, cannabis was used for medicinal, religious, and cultural purposes. Furthermore, Psilocybin was used by the Aztecs, who referred to it as teonanacatl, meaning “God’s flesh,” and it was used in religious and healing rituals.

However, in the modern era, the government instituted its unholy War on Drugs. This War is against the divine decrees of God and humanity’s historical use of substances. The origin of this War on Drugs primarily began in America with the institution of racist drug laws. The first anti-opium laws in America were made to target the Chinese. The first anti-cannabis laws were meant to target Mexicans. Finally, according to one of Nixon’s top advisors, the War on Drugs was meant to “target blacks and hippies.” Since they were the Administration’s primary political enemies and disproportionately used psychedelics, cannabis, and/or opiates.

For better or worse, these laws are still on the books because the government is at war with everyone. The government believes that it knows better than God and your god-given conscience what you should do with your body and how to shape your consciousness using these plants. More importantly, the government feeds on humanity’s disconnection from the divine, and it outlaws anything that would facilitate easier communication with the creator of the universe. Indeed, changing your consciousness from its default state is one of the easiest ways to bring you in direct contact with the creator of the universe and foster these deep spiritual connections. This is something the modern-day state cannot allow to happen. The government seeks to have a monopoly on purpose and to have everyone devote their religious and moral energy towards the government rather than towards other human beings and God.

The internet and Bitcoin have actively fought the government from establishing this monopoly and have fought the unholy War on Drugs head-on. In 2011, Ross Ulbricht established the Silk Road, an online market on the dark web that allowed for the buying and selling of god-given substances using Bitcoin. In a dark era of the tyrannical War on Drugs, the Silk Road shined as a beacon for those who wished to break free from the government-imposed shackles on their consciousness. Because of the Silk Road, there were fewer government-imposed barriers to accessing these substances, less violence from drug deals, and the money used was not USD, (the very money used to fund the Drug War in the first place).  In other words, the Silk Road was a holy creation using holy money to fight against the satanic forces of human control and slavery in the world.  Ulbricht was sentenced to a double life in prison plus a 40-year sentence for fighting on the good side of this Holy War. Fitting for someone who committed treason against the Empire’s greatest sins. The Empire wanted to set an example to ensure that no one rebelled against it in this particular way. However, Bitcoin and the internet are uncensorable technologies that operate without the permission of the Empire. The dark web still brings plants to humanity in a more open, peaceful, and permissionless manner than the street drug market. It also still utilizes Bitcoin and incorporates privacy cryptocurrencies like Monero. So, this 4/20, as you engage in your holy sacraments, do not forget the role that Bitcoin has played in this unholy war instituted by the American Empire. If we use cryptocurrency to end the U.S. government’s stranglehold on our money, the Empire does not stand a chance against our power.”

State v. Joseph Hart – Court Orders

Free Keene - Fri, 2024-05-17 07:56 +0000

Judge Ryan Guptill has issued an ORDER on the pending motions Joa and I have entered in his case.

To summarize:

  • We won the MOTION TO DISMISS #1 on grounds Judge Guptill sua sponte generated when he reviewed the complaints.  The State has issued an AMENDED COMPLAINT for Disorderly Conduct to satisfy Judge Guptill’s ruling.
  • We lost the MOTION TO DISMISS #2 due to my raising an affirmative defense in a Motion To Dismiss (hey, I’m not a lawyer…  I learn new things every day).
  • We lost the MOTION TO COMPEL RELEASE OF CRIMINAL RECORDS as the Judge seem to prefer that we go to the State Police to acquire the records.

Trial is Tuesday at 1:00PM at the Hillsborough District Court in Hillsborough, NH.

 

The Conservatarian Exchange Podcast #206

The Liberty Block - Thu, 2024-05-16 12:33 +0000

Even some liberals are opining that Trump’s prosecutions are politically motivated; Biden agrees to 2 debates, with some conditions; is RFK’s campaign being taken less seriously because of his VP selection? NY appeals court turned down the appeal on the gag order against Trump in NYC. Is the media also suing? Washington Post demands people take showers; can America turn around like Argentina did? Are enough people questioning the value of “elite” colleges? Almost 10% of NJ residents are illegal aliens?

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State v. Joseph Hart – Trial Next Week!

Free Keene - Mon, 2024-05-13 21:15 +0000

Today is the final filling of the defense in Joa’s case.  We’re filing a Motion To Suppress the body language exhibited by two witnesses outside the Hillsborough District Court as introducing that evidence would violate the hearsay rule.

Without the ability to cross examine these people as (we don’t know who they are) it is our position that the evidence of them turning to look at Joa when he was being arrested would be more prejudicial than probative.

The trial is next week on Tuesday at 1:00PM at the Hillsborough District Court in Hillsborough, NH (05/21/24).  Please consider coming out to show support to a nice guy and fellow activist.

As an officer of the Court I would politely request that anyone who wishes to attend please comply with the Court rules on filming.  The rules are very simple…  No filming in common areas and fill out an Advance Notice Form before beginning filming in the courtroom.  As we’ve learned from this case and investigation the required way to fill out the form is with your accurate identifying information.  We don’t want another person getting in trouble for what we now know is expected on the form.  ????

Hope to see you there!

 

 

Senate Gold Standard – May 15, 2024

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Mon, 2024-05-13 17:02 +0000

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Bill Hearings for Week of May 13, 2024

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Sat, 2024-05-11 15:52 +0000
  • These are the most liberty-critical hearings for the week
  • Click on the bill number to read the bill.
  • Click on the committee name to email the committee your thoughts.

Of the 1 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 0 and opposition of 0 with 0 being of interest.
Of the 5 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 1 and opposition of 1 with 1 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Support HB1291 relative to accessory dwelling unit uses allowed by right. Commerce Tue 5/14 9:30 AM SH Room 100 This bill increases the number of accessory dwelling units allowed by right from one to 2, adds definitions, and increases the maximum square footage. It also gives municipalities the right to require accessory units meet the definition for workforce housing.
Oppose HB1593-2024-1885s Hearing on proposed non-germane Amendment #2024-1885s, making an appropriation to the department of health and human services to support recreational activities for individuals with developmental disabilities and relative to the uncompensated care and Medicaid fund, to HB 1593-FN, making an appropriation to the department of health and human services to support recreational activities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Finance Tue 5/14 1:35 PM SH Room 103 I. Makes an appropriation to the department of health and human services to fund recreational activities for individuals with developmental disabilities.
II. Restructures the uncompensated care and Medicaid fund under RSA 167:64 as the Medicaid payment fund and disproportionate share hospital fund, administered by the department of health and human services.
Of Interest HB1525-2024-1839s Hearing on proposed non-germane Amendment #2024-1839s, relative to credits for the business profits tax and business enterprise tax, to HB 1525, relative to historic horse racing game operator employer licensing. Ways and Means Wed 5/15 9:30 AM SH Room 100 This bill extends tax credits for the business profits tax and business enterprise tax.

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State v. Joseph Hart – Defense Filed Document

Free Keene - Fri, 2024-05-10 07:40 +0000

Today Joa is filing his MOTION TO DISMISS #2 based on the theory of “Entrapment by Estoppel” and New Hampshire RSA 626:3 II.  These arguments are now in writing to preserve them for appeal to the New Hampshire Supreme Court should a trial be held and things not go our way.

Interestingly, Attorney George Wattendorf (who like I have said multiple times, has been very cool to work with) who represents the Hillsborough Police Department, has taken the position that Joa’s criminal trespassing is completely separate from his denial of the right to film.  We are of the opposite opinion.  This will be a judgement call for Judge Susan Ashley when we go to trial.

What do you think?

I would like to extend a huge thanks to New Hampshire Judicial Branch General Counsel Erin Creegan who awesomely took the time to hunt down the authorization forms we were looking for.  My experience in dealing with court staff and Judicial Branch officials has been nothing but stellar.  These people truly have wanted to help at every turn.

The Conservatarian Exchange Podcast #205

The Liberty Block - Thu, 2024-05-09 03:54 +0000

Steve attends his youngest son's law school graduation, so Mike hosts the show with the Eds and Meagan. They discuss the insanity of the ongoing Trump trials, Rashida Tlaib and the pro-Hamas members of Congress, and much more!

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State v. Joseph Hart – Defense Filed Documents and Evidence Gathered

Free Keene - Tue, 2024-05-07 13:43 +0000

Joa and I have filed a Motion For Continuance due to not being finished collecting evidence for his defense.

Interestingly, these are a sample of the “Advance Notice Forms” that were approved by the Goffstown District Court where Joa signed things other than his name.  He was approved each time to film anonymously…  but the Hillsborough District Court ordered him to leave and had him arrested for filming doing the same thing.

Our defense lies in a theory called “Entrapment By Estoppel” and RSA 626:3 II.

The New Hampshire Courts should not have a disparity in how they authorize people to film court proceedings.  In having one, it creates situations like this.

The original trial date of 5/21/24 at 1:00PM will hopefully be rescheduled to July sometime.

House Gold Standard – May 09, 2024

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Tue, 2024-05-07 00:54 +0000

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Shire Free Church’s Items Returned By FBI

Free Keene - Sun, 2024-05-05 19:40 +0000

We have some good news for once from the FBI and the United States Attorney’s Office! After a long legal battle and multiple federal lawsuits, the FBI agreed to return our church property that was illegally seized on March 20, 2016. For those of you not familiar with the backstory, FBI Agents arrived at 73 Leverett Street on that day at 0600 hours and executed search warrant 16-MJ-36-01-06 against the Shire Free Church Monadnock. This raid occurred only two weeks after Minister Mark Edgington on Free Talk Live condemned the FBI for their strategy of running a website that resulted in the distribution of hundreds of thousands of pieces of child pornography to thousands of IP addresses while only making ten arrests. The sealed search warrant was presented in redacted form to the members of the church present for the raid, i.e. Minister Ian Freeman, Parishioner TJ The Spy, and Parishioner James “Robinhood” Cleveland. The warrant alleged that on or about February 20, 2015, someone using the IP address at 73 Leverett Street had accessed the website that was part of the FBI’s vast child pornography distribution network, in violation of 18 USC 2252.

The returned electronic items. Christmas came early!

TJ The Spy confronted the FBI Agents while naked to avoid being shot and immediately informed Scott Bailey, the lead investigating FBI Agent, that all three members of the church were invoking their right to remain silent and asking for legal counsel to be present. See the FBI raid and how to invoke your rights while naked here.  When you invoke your right to an attorney, law enforcement is prohibited from trying to question you until your attorney is present. Despite asking for counsel, one FBI Agent attempted to question the church members by calling them “pedophiles” and asking “You know what they like to do to kiddie-diddlers in prison, don’t you?” TJ responded that all three church members enjoyed the presumption of innocence under law and that a federal judge might think his question was a veiled threat designed to pressure, intimidate, or coerce a subject into waiving their constitutionally protected rights to counsel and silence. In other words, the Agent’s question would taint the voluntariness of any admission and rule the confession inadmissible. TJ then called the Agent an “unprofessional fucking asshole” for attempting to break the law with regards to the Miranda decision. The FBI proceeded to seize all the church members’ computers, cell phones, digital storage media, and cameras.

Fast forward to 2019. After multiple requests to the FBI for the property’s return were ignored, TJ The Spy filed a federal lawsuit pro se (without a lawyer) against the FBI alleging that the search warrant was technically defective under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Rule 41(b).  Since the First Circuit Court of Appeals had already ruled the warrant invalid in another similar case, TJ asked the court for a judicial writ compelling the FBI to return his stolen computers. Faced with the prospect of having to defend an invalid search warrant in open court, the FBI agreed to return the computers belonging to TJ and Robinhood in exchange for dropping the lawsuit. The four computer items were returned unsearched and sealed in their original evidence bags.

A problem occurred when Ian Freeman attempted to get the rest of the church’s property back. Since the remainder of the seized items were owned wholly by the Shire Free Church Monadnock, only a licensed attorney could represent the church before the court. Bonnie Freeman retained Attorney Jared Bedrick from the Champions Law firm in Portsmouth who filed a lawsuit on behalf of the church.  Since the first search warrant was ruled invalid, the FBI applied for and was granted a second search warrant to purge the church’s property of any digital contraband. After much waiting, the FBI finally returned all but two of the seized items to the church. The FBI considers this case closed and no criminal charges will be pursued. Yet the possible goal the FBI might have had in this case, of tainting the reputation of Free Talk Live, the Shire Free Church and certain members, was likely accomplished in many people’s minds. So it is important to remember the fact that the allegations were never proven and no evidence was ever produced.

Free Talk Live sponsor Roger Ver arrested in Spain on U.S. tax evasion charges!

Free Keene - Sun, 2024-05-05 18:32 +0000

https://forum.shiresociety.com/t/free-talk-live-sponsor-roger-ver-arrested-in-spain-on-u-s-tax-evasion-charges/13808

Bill Hearings for Week of May 06, 2024

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Sun, 2024-05-05 16:10 +0000
  • These are the most liberty-critical hearings for the week
  • Click on the bill number to read the bill.
  • Click on the committee name to email the committee your thoughts.

Of the 8 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 2 and opposition of 1 with 1 being of interest.
Of the 33 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 7 and opposition of 1 with 5 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Of Interest HB1400-2024-1658s) Hearing on proposed non-germane Amendment #2024-1658s, relative to residential
parking spaces and the removal of unauthorized occupants of residential real property,
to HB 1400, relative to residential parking spaces.
Commerce Tue 5/7 9:30 AM SH Room 100 I. Provides that zoning and planning regulations shall not require more than one residential parking space per unit.

II. Allows property owners or their authorized agents to request the immediate removal of unauthorized occupants by submitting a verified complaint to the sheriff of the county where the property is located.

Support HB1291 relative to accessory dwelling unit uses allowed by right. Commerce Tue 5/7 10:20 AM SH Room 100 This bill increases the number of accessory dwelling units allowed by right from one to 2, adds definitions, and increases the maximum square footage. It also gives municipalities the right to require accessory units meet the definition for workforce housing.
Of Interest HB1124 (New Title) relative to limiting conflicts of interest for municipal board and committee members. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Tue 5/7 10:00 AM LOB Room 103 This bill limits conflicts of interest and excessive concentration of power for municipal board and committee members.
Of Interest HB1215-2024-1493s Hearing on proposed non-germane Amendment #2024-1493s, Housing Appeals Board
RSA 679:5 IV, to HB 1215, relative to development approvals and appeals.
Election Law and Municipal Affairs Tue 5/7 10:45 AM LOB Room 103 This bill extends the existing 5-year exemption for subdivision plats to 10 years, and increases the preliminary step from 2 years to 5 years. The bill also changes the building code and fire code appeals process, limiting the jurisdiction of the local building code board of appeals to hearing decisions made under local amendments to those codes.
Of Interest HB1628 relative to regulatory authority for apples, coal grading, potatoes, cider, milk, and lumber. Energy and Natural Resources Tue 5/7 9:20 AM SH Room 103 This bill repeals certain regulatory statutes that have been preempted by the federal government and moves regulatory authority for apples, cider, and lumber to the chapter relative to standards for farm products. This bill is a request of the committee to study the New Hampshire law relative to standards for farm products and marketing and grading commodities established in 2023, 12:1.
Support HB1121 relative to creating certain wetlands permit exemptions after a natural disaster or flooding event. Energy and Natural Resources Tue 5/7 9:30 AM SH Room 103 This bill exempts certain land owners from requiring wetlands permits after a natural disaster or flooding event.
Oppose SB503 relative to requiring a criminal background check when applying for a fish and game guide license. Fish and Game and Marine Resources Tue 5/7 10:45 AM LOB Room 307 This bill requires a criminal background check when applying for a fish and game guide license.
Of Interest HB1118 relative to the issuance of drivers’ licenses for aliens temporarily residing in New Hampshire. Judiciary Tue 5/7 1:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill further delineates requirements regarding issuance of nonresident alien drivers’ licenses.
Support HB1127 relative to the revocation and suspension of drivers’ licenses. Judiciary Tue 5/7 1:15 PM SH Room 100 This bill allows individuals with suspended licenses to mow their lawns without penalty and eliminates the requirement that drivers with suspended licenses surrender their licenses to the department of motor vehicles.
Support HB1204 relative to government agent entries into secured premises. Judiciary Tue 5/7 1:30 PM SH Room 100 This bill establishes requirements for when a government agent may enter a secured premises without a warrant.
Support HB1391 allowing new vehicles purchased in the model year or before to be inspected in the second year after purchase. Transportation Tue 5/7 1:00 PM LOB Room 101 This bill allows new vehicles purchased in the model year or before to be inspected in the second year after purchase.
Oppose HB1394 (New Title) relative to licensure and regulation of music therapists. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 5/8 9:20 AM SH Room 103 This bill establishes the licensure and regulation of music therapists under the office of professional licensure and certification. This bill further directs the office of professional licensure and certification, for the biennium ending June 30, 2027, to increase their annual budget by $3,000 for the purpose of hiring temporary or part-time staff, or overtime costs, to help with licensing and administration of the music therapists governing board.
Support SB302 adding an additional exemption from the regulation of physicians and surgeons. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 5/8 10:00 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill exempts from application of the chapter a physician licensed in another state providing care to a patient in New Hampshire when there is a physician-patient relationship in the physician’s home state of licensing with in-person examinations conducted by the physician at intervals appropriate for the patient and the patient’s medical condition, but not less than annually.
Of Interest SB371-2024-1671h Public Hearing on non-germane amendment #2024-1671h to SB 371, relative to the licensing
of resident physicians.
Executive Departments and Administration Wed 5/8 10:15 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill makes various changes regarding the licensing of and regulation of physicians, including transferring certain authority from the board of medicine to the office of professional licensure and certification.
Support SB505-2024-1739h Public hearing on proposed non-germane Amendment #2024-1739h to SB 505, relative to the
prohibition on the sale of hemp products containing certain levels of THC.
Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Wed 5/8 10:00 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill repeals the prospective repeal of the prohibition on the sale of hemp products containing certain levels of THC and defines and regulates intoxicating hemp products.
Support HB1222 relative to physician assistant scope of practice. Health and Human Services Wed 5/8 9:00 AM LOB Room 101 This bill eliminates the collaboration agreement requirement for physician assistants, except physician assistants who have completed fewer than 8,000 hours of clinical practice and work in a health care setting that does not employ a physician.
Support HB1584 relative to home day care licensing requirements. Health and Human Services Wed 5/8 9:15 AM LOB Room 101 This bill exempts from child day care licensing requirements private homes in which care is provided for up to 4 children in addition to the provider’s own children. Current law permits care for 3 additional children.

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Issues with the Sex Offender Registry

Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform – N.H. - Sun, 2024-05-05 15:38 +0000

Constitutional Rights Attorney Kyle Mothershead is our guest.  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Local constitutional rights attorney Kyle Mothershead joins Levi Ismail on OpenLine to advocate for people who struggle with still being registered as a sex offender - even years after conviction.

 

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Zephan’s Bitcoin Sermon – April

The Liberty Block - Fri, 2024-05-03 03:53 +0000

This sermon is made in honor of the holy sacrament of 4/20. In the Torah, God said in the context of creating the world for man, “See, I give you every seed-bearing plant that is upon all the earth, and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit; they shall be yours for food.” Genesis 1:29. When God created this holy proclamation to humanity, he was, of course, aware that he had given humanity cannabis, psilocybin, opiates, alcohol, and other plants or plant-derived substances that would change the human consciousness from its default state.

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Elliot “Alu” Axelman, Good Man Wrongfully Accused

Free Keene - Fri, 2024-05-03 03:18 +0000

On May 1st, Tony Schinella published an article on Patch.com reporting an accusation made by Francesca Potenza of Rochester against Elliot “Alu” Axelman. Schinella did not attempt to obtain a comment from Axelman or his attorney, which is standard practice in journalism. The article only told one side of the story and suffered from a number of inaccuracies. This will correct the record. 

The accusation was made by Francesca Potenza, a very troubled teenage girl in August 2023. She allegedly told her parents that she suddenly remembered that Axelman assaulted her in June 2022, 14 months earlier. According to her claims, the assault occurred on Saturday evening June 25 on the main field at Porcfest. Those who attend the annual event know that the field is always very populated, especially on Saturday evening; the culmination of the week-long festival. There were hundreds of people on the small field at the time the fictional incident occurred. Every year at Porcfest everyone in attendance goes to that field to take a group picture. Potenza, who was 14 years old in June 2022 according to court records, claims that Axelman physically restrained her and tried to kiss her as she struggled. She also claims that he touched her in inappropriate ways during the assault before she broke free and ran away. No one has publicly claimed to witness this happening although the field was crawling with people as you can see in the photo of the group picture taken during this time at Porcfest every year. She reported the fabricated assault 14 months later, in August of 2023. 

An Example of the Porcfest group picture. This one is 2017.

 

The allegation is preposterous on its face for numerous reasons:

 

  1. In August 2023, the Potenza’s first told Axelman of the accusation via a classic extortion scheme, which is a felony. Peter Potenza, the father of Francesca, asked Axelman to meet him for coffee. Another individual joined Peter and ambushed Axelman with the allegation. They told the 30 year old paramedic that they would call the police and have him arrested on the spot at the coffee shop unless he agreed to sign a document agreeing to pay the Potenza’s $20,000. Feeling that his life and freedom were threatened, and knowing that no document signed under coercion/extortion would be legally binding, Axelman signed and left the coffee shop as soon as he could. He then called several lawyers and friends in law enforcement to ask how he should proceed.
  2. There is zero chance that an assault could have occurred on the field on Saturday evening without others seeing and hearing it. As there were surely dozens of armed libertarians at that spot at the time, any man who sexually assaulted a girl would likely have been shot by at least some of the libertarians. Yet, nobody on Earth saw or heard any such incident on the field that night.
  3. Francesca was drinking alcohol and ingesting cannabis and possibly other drugs on June 25, 2022, according to sources, who says they are prepared to testify to this under oath. 
  4. Francesca suffers from anxiety, depression, anorexia, bulimia, and has suicidal ideation and has made plans to kill herself, according to sources willing to testify under oath. 
  5. After the fictional incident in June 2022, Francesca voluntarily accompanied her mother to at least three public events which she knew or reasonably should have known that Axelman would attend (due to being liberty events in his neighborhood). Upon arriving at each event, Kelley Potenza (Francesca’s mother and a State Representative) and Francesca approached Axelman, said hello, and they each gave him a hug, according to witnesses. There is substantial evidence that Francesca had no fear or negative feelings toward Axelman throughout 2022 and 2023 until this idea popped into her head.
  6. Francesca was desperate for attention and likely used this accusation as a means to attain it. According to sources close to him, she told Axelman at the 2022 event that she felt terribly deprived of attention from her parents because they always worked and never had time for her. 
  7. After saying this in June 2022, Francesca’s sister’s anorexia and bulimia reportedly worsened. She was hospitalized in critical condition and was fed via tubes and IVs for an extended period of time at specialized pediatric hospitals. This further diverted attention away from Francesca and toward her sister in a massive way. The little bit of time that her parents did have for her were now spent speaking with doctors, insurances, therapists, and driving hours away to hospitals to bring and visit her elder daughter. It’s understandable that this caused terrible stress for all members of the family. Francesca likely received the biggest reduction in attention and likely received the least sympathy from relatives and friends, despite her watching her sister (practically her twin) suffering and possibly dying. 
  8. No report was made by Potenza or any other person to Porcfest management, the police, the PorcRangers (event security) or Free Aid (event medical) at any time during or after the festival.
  9. The Potenza parents spent the next few days harassing Axelman by phone and demanding that he comply with the “contract” that he signed. After realizing that Axelman had no intention of doing so, they called the police to file a restraining order against Axelman and began working to convince a prosecutor to bring charges against Axelman. 
  10.  Francesca’s affidavits contradict each other and contain falsehoods, which is perjury. 
  11.  The Potenzas then committed defamation by spreading falsehoods to others in the community in an attempt to destroy Axelman’s excellent reputation. 
  12.  Axelman has never been accused of assault, violence, or any impropriety in his life. 
  13.  As a critical care and flight-certified paramedic in numerous states and an instructor and FTO in medicine, Axelman has passed numerous federal and state background checks. As a paramedic, he is authorized to carry and administer controlled substances such as fentanyl and lorazepam to critical patients and places advanced airways, IVs, and conducts numerous other advanced procedures. His 12-year record in EMS is impeccable. 
  14.  Alu has never been violent or harmed another person in his life. He teaches men, women, and children self-defense (including a free self-defense clinic at Porcfest) so that everyone could be prepared to defend themselves from any kind of attack. He is a very strong advocate for people to fight back and never let themselves be victimized. 
  15.  An accomplished practitioner and instructor of BJJ/grappling, there is roughly a 0% chance that a person like Francesca could have escaped the grasp of Axelman if he were restraining her, which is what Francesca claims she did. 
  16.  Francesca alleged in her affidavits that Axelman was very drunk and smelled of alcohol at the time of the assault. This is extremely unlikely. No witnesses saw him touch alcohol that night and he is not known to be a drinker. He also drove home from Lancaster that evening, which is a two hour drive in dark mountains. He then reported to duty at 8 am for his 24-hour shift on the ambulance without incident. 
  17.  The article mentions that Axelman’s lawyer withdrew from his case. This is not entirely accurate, as Axelman fired him and found a better lawyer, who now represents him.
  18.  The article mentions that bail conditions were amended by the judge. This is true; the judge loosened the bail conditions substantially at a recent hearing, including restoring Axelman’s right to own and carry firearms. 
  19.  The seven charges are all misdemeanors and all stem from the one fictional incident, which would only be one crime (and not 7) if they were factual. 
  20.  According to a source willing to testify under oath, Francesca is seemingly extremely troubled psychologically and in her short life of 14 years, she made at least one similar accusation of sexual assault by an older male, which was also apparently unsubstantiated.  
  21. The article says that Axelman was released on $5,000 bail, which is not exactly accurate. After turning himself into the police, he was released on his personal recognizance without having to pay bail. 
  22. While around 99% of the New Hampshire community recognizes that the allegation is ridiculous, a few of Potenza’s closest friends have supported them and conspired to defame Axelman. One example is Leah Cushman, who is also a State Rep. She spread falsehoods about Axelman assaulting young girls and began spreading the fabricated rumor that Axelman was a drunk who beat his wife violently, according to sources. On one occasion, Cushman sent Mrs. Axelman a barrage of texts and called her numerous times, to the point of harassment. She demanded that Kate Axelman call her to prove she was safe. After Kate responded that she was totally safe, Cushman frantically contacted Kate’s friends that she found on Instagram and other platforms to tell them to check on Kate to make sure she’s safe. Cushman shared the Patch article in the group chats for people to see. Cushman acted as if Mrs. Axelman was in imminent danger and contacted her and her friends in harassing fashion, purportedly to make sure that she was safe. 
  23. Others have engaged in even more flagrant false defamation, and those lawsuits will likely begin after this case concludes. 

 

Kelley Potenza, State Rep and mother of the accuser

Interestingly, Free State Project board members have seemingly presumed Axelman to be guilty. Carla Gericke, de facto chairman of the board, implied on Twitter that Axelman is guilty long before a trial. She also banned him from FSP events, of which he was a major part (deputy director of EMS at Porcfest). Incoming executive director of the FSP, Eric Brakey has not responded to Axelman’s numerous requests over the past few months for clarification of the ban and the due process procedures used by the FSP. The board has not published minutes to their board meetings.

As Free Staters, I believe it is important to not act like the state. Always remember to presume someone is innocent until proof is shown that they are guilty. An accusation is not the same thing as proof. People who do not understand those basic things about freedom and ask real libertarians to come live in community with them, will fail.

 

 

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This video is aimed at answering the question what is the "right" way for youth to navigate the criminal justice system? Jack Beckerman and I, Aanna Farhang, attempt to answer this question through interviews with experts including the Honorable Federal Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman, Professor Aliza Kaplan, Public Defender Matt Stevens, as well as the formerly incarcerated Trevor Walraven and Conrad Engweiler.

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